|Cultural Awareness in Odense - DK|
Our focus on Cultural Awareness and
Expression is divided into catagories - Idividuals and groops in Odense
Aftenskole are working
with the different subjects in order to exchange informations with involved partners adult learners and staff.
Our main catagories are:
By Aya Køllgaard Carlsen
has a long tradition for written texts. Already in the 17th
century books and hymns were published. In the 19th century two of
the most famous Danish writers were born, H.C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard.
Søren Kierkegaard was a philosopher who also wrote fiction. He is the father of existentialism and he too is translated into turkish and many other languages.
During the 20th century two Danish writers won the Nobel Prize in literature; Henrik Pontoppidan and Johannes V. Jensen.
Todays Danish literature is a mixture of poetry, novels, short stories and other kinds of short prose. The internationally best known writers as for example Jens Christian Grøndahl and Ib Michael sell hundreds of thousands of novels whereas only a few Danish poets can live on their writing. One of the few good selling poets actually lives in Turkey. His name is Henrik Nordbrandt.
you can get a well esteemed education as a writer from the Writers
School in Copenhagen.
Danes do not only read Danish writers, they are fond of authors from all over the worl and a lot of literature is translated into Danish every year. Of course most of these books are in English, but also Turkish literature as well as writers from other countries are translated and read by the Danes.
By Eric Ammundsen
Denmark is primarily created by the last ice age on the northern hemisphere. Huge amounts of clay, sand, gravle and stone were led from Scandinavia to what became Denmark. The last ice age ended 14.000 years ago.
In the middle of Denmark is the island of Funen situated. It has been formed by ice and meltwater and therefor it is lowlands with low hills and valleys. Right after the iceage the climate was cold but now it is temperate oceanic climate. The island was to become a fertile place easy for people to live. Nowadays Funen is characterised by 6000 years of agriculture. Today the farming is very intensiv. A lot of the island is cultivated and it is called the garden of Denmark.
Funen is apart from farms and greenhouses also beatiful coastlines, forests, meadows, lakes and watercourses. Funen is sorrounded by a lot of small islands which are green and fair from the month of May till October. On Funen we make a big effort to recreate and protect some of the original nature to avoid the strong impact from heavy farming and industry.
Even though only a few people are directly emplyed with farming, you can still find traces of the life the old farmers led.
Also the wildlife is interesting because thousands of migratory birds pass over the island on their way north in the spring and south in the autumn.
We have to learn from each other to get wiser. If you travel you will get to know other peoples and also yourself.
Ladbyskibet Viking Burial
By Vivi Korn
The Ladbyskibet viking chieftain burial site is located in
on the island of Funen, just West of the town of Kerteminde. The
Ladbyskibet burial site is the only viking burial site in Denmark,
and has helped give a more exact picture of what life - and death -
was like around 950 AD, in the middle of the viking age.
|Craft and basketry
By a group of adult learners
Through thousands of years weaving with natural materials has ensured human cheap tools, furniture and household utensils. In the Stone Age wild berries and nuts were gathered in baskets made of branches and brought home to the settlement. Home at the settlement the animals were locked behind a woven fence, and the huts were made of braided branches covered with mud.
One of the oldest physical evidence of weaving techniques, as we know it from our latitudes, is a trap found in the sea around Denmark and dated back to 5000 years BC. Identical traps have been used in Denmark up to 1950.
of the manufactured baskets were until the 1800s made by hand in the
private houses of the peasant, who in the dark winter evenings wove
himself a new firewood basket, or the fisherman who had worn his
trap out, and had to weave a new one. As the German basket makers
immigrated to Denmark at the beginning of the 1800s, a tradition of
basketmaking as craft started. Since the baskets could not be
produced by machine, it remained a craft in the strict sense.
you need is the courage to play, nimble fingers and lots of
Usually basketry is associated with natural materials, but weaving
techniques can also be performed in artificial recycled cables, as
it worked out in the international project Recycled Cables - an
international project created on the occasion of the Climate Change
Conference in Copenhagen 2009. The idea of the project wass to work
with what is left over when we have worn out our means of
communication. Focus was chosen on electric cables from information
technology, residual material from computers, TV sets and
telephones. The spacious forms were challenged and the products
turned out in one-, two-and three-dimensionals.